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October 2008 Blog Posts (29)

TGI Friday - 10/31/2008

Happy Halloween! This week has really been a trick, but the treat returns just in time for Friday! First and foremost this is THE weekend to push your clocks back. This week started on a bad note on Sunday morning when the local PBS station sent out the signal pushing auto setting clocks back an hour at 2:00 AM. I still haven't heard what happened, but I figure it was an un- patched server. So this Saturday night, be sure to reset your clocks BACK an hour. Then, of course, we had a our first… Continue

Added by Bill Klan on October 30, 2008 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Lab Exam 2

Had my 2nd lab exam today over pharmacology, and although I missed on one I re-tested on that one item and passed all the lab tests they had, from IV's to IO's to injections. I am so Happy now.

Added by John on October 21, 2008 at 1:20pm — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
Student Arrested On Drug Charges After Explosion In UCF Dorm

According to the State Fire Marshal, a student fell asleep late Sunday night while attempting to convert a prescription drug into meth and the concoction exploded. When the explosion rocked the dorm around midnight, students didn't know what to think.



"I almost had a heart attack," said student Tiffany Brady. "I had no idea what was going on." UCF police evacuated the building and then they discovered a makeshift meth lab in 19-year-old Wendell McKee's smoky room, along… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 20, 2008 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Jonesboro, Indiana resident Katie Kline / Health Status Update / Caringbridge

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/katiekline

Please keep this young lady and her family in your thoughts and prayers as she battles for her life. Life is hard but God is good so I am confident that Katie will receive a complete healing, be made whole, and go on to do great things
in her life !!!
" Brian "

Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on October 20, 2008 at 6:34am — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .



It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.



Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9,… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 19, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Major Tunnel Damaged by Ike Still Closed

Washburn Tunnel is a mjor traffic artery near where I grew up. In fact to get from my old house to my old high school you have to veer right along part of the north traffic circle of the tunnel. I though you might be interested in this story from our local ABC Affiliate on bringing the tunnel back from the storm,



http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=6454069



Among other things 10 million gallons of water have been pumped out of the tunnel. All of… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on October 18, 2008 at 6:48pm — 3 Comments


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Man Dies From Burns After Falling Asleep While Smoking

An Orange County man died from his burn injuries Friday and the State Fire Marshal said the victim was smoking a cigarette when he fell asleep in his home on Kreidt Drive near Hiawassee Road.



Lonel Franklin, 36, lost the fight for his life late Friday morning.



"His kidneys shut down and they said there's nothing else they can really do," Fatima Franklin told Eyewitness News on Friday afternoon.



Firefighters pulled him from his home after he fell asleep… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 17, 2008 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Medics Lab

Had Lab for my medics class today and got a chance to start some IV's on maniquins do some sq and im injections into the same maniquins. Then they actually had us start an iv on each other, that was a blast, I got volunteered to get stuck twice, but still never felt a thing ha ha. We now have a lab test over what we learned on Tuesday.

Added by John on October 17, 2008 at 4:13pm — No Comments


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Vision 20/20: Developing a National Strategy for Reducing Fire Loss

For over a year, participants on a project called Vision 20/20 have been working on developing a national strategy for fire loss prevention. Funded by a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant awarded to the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) – USA Branch, Vision 20/20 has just released its report for 2008 and will be… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 15, 2008 at 9:45pm — No Comments

OMG Exam 2 scores

OMG is all I can say and Thanks to all who encouraged me to look positive. I got an 76% on the exam a whole lot better than I thought I had done. Although my average went done it is still at an 84% for the class so I am very ecstatic about my grade, if there are any corrections I will post a blog updating them. Thanks to all who responded earlier. John

Added by John on October 15, 2008 at 12:58pm — 1 Comment

Exam 2

I took my 2nd exam on Friday of last week and still have not gotten the results back yet, I had hoped to have had gotten them by yesterday, but nope, nada nothing. The bad thing about it is that I feel like I did terrible on it, my mind went blank on some of the questions, and this waiting is killing me. As soon as I get the results I will let everyone Know.

John

Added by John on October 14, 2008 at 12:14pm — No Comments


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Flaming Pet Rat Starts Fire, Damages Titusville Home [Note* This is the reason firefighters will never be out of a job]

A pet rat, a piece of twine and some questionable judgment ended with a Brevard County home in flames. David Stanifer and two friends were inside the home on Friars Court in Brevard County when the fire started early Monday morning.



Stanifer and two other people were chasing the rat, named Amelia Earhart, around the house.



"They told us they were playing with their pet mouse or rat and they tied a ribbon to it and they were cutting a ribbon with the lighter,"… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 13, 2008 at 3:48pm — No Comments


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Hurricane Ike FireFighter In Need Of help

Written by: rescuetech0157 [rescuetech0157@yahoo.com]



As we all know Southeast Texas was hit by the worst hurricane on record since the great storm of 1900. Many families have been hit so hard and lost so much. There is one Firefighter/Paramedic who has lost a lot. He has lost his car, home, he had just put a full led strobe system and siren kit in his car which not only used for his everyday travel, getting his wife around but as a first responder vehicle as well. His… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 12, 2008 at 7:15pm — No Comments

" Courage " / Letter To the Editor / Chronicle-Tribune

Courage is what cancer survivors display every day when they must stare death in the face, put down their fears and continue to go on fighting for their lives despite chronic pain, unpleasant treatment procedures and an uncertain future. The realization that their disease may return at any given moment is an ever present concern. Soldiers are so courageous, they are willing to make personal sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice if need be, in the service of our nation. They ask nothing… Continue

Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on October 10, 2008 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Now I'm in BIG Trouble ! LOL

Up until now I have mostly been in contact with my department by cell phone, becuased I had not been issued a pager.

Wellllll, shortly after I arrived for our weekly drill last night one of our captains called me over to his P.O.V. handed me a brand new Minitor V pager ! Now they can reach me way too easily 24/7. Most of you probably wear simular pagers so you know just what I mean. Of course you also know I'm kidding I welcome any step no matter how small that brings me closer into the… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on October 10, 2008 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Happiness Found In Kindness and Caring / Marion, Indiana Chronicle-Tribune / Letter To The Editor

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Published: Friday, October 10, 2008 1:21 AM EDT



Happiness found in kindness and caring



I have always believed that the best way to forget about one’s own problems is to focus on helping others solve theirs. How we act toward others is much more powerful and influential than what we say. We may not be able to cure world hunger or hatred, but we can impact the lives of others in our community and our nation. It doesn’t always have to be something… Continue

Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on October 10, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Fla. firefighters protest county medical director

By Ryan Mills

Naples Daily News



COLLIER COUNTY, Fla — Carrying signs reading "Help Wanted, New Medical Director," more than 60 Collier County firefighters marched in front of the Naples Beach Hotel on Thursday afternoon protesting recent decisions and public positions taken by the county's medical director, Dr. Robert Tober.



The hotel was the site of a two-day conference of the Florida Association of EMS Medical Directors.



Tober spoke to the group… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 7, 2008 at 11:39pm — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Top 10 tips for Fire Prevention Week

By Judy Comoletti

NFPA public education assistant vice president

Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. In fact, the president of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance since 1925. It has been celebrated since 1922 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.



The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people and left 100,000 homeless. Popular legend attributes the fire… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 7, 2008 at 6:59am — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Urgent Message to Our Ohio USFRA Members and Friends - Donations of Blood and Platelets needed for toddler, Corey Nickell

Since February 2007 Corey Nickell , the very young son of Captain Jim Nickell of Milford Community Fire Department in Ohio, has been battling cancer. Corey was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer and went through a regiment of treatment with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He made great progress and was doing fairly well.



His mother Debbi has been maintaining a CarePage under his name with more details on Corey's prognoses. Corey has had an incredible journey with such… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on October 6, 2008 at 11:16pm — No Comments

My Son Brandon's " Letter To The Editor " / Twin City Journal-Reporter

PROUD SON



My father was recently demoted at the Marion Fire Department, in my opinion unjustly. This decision concerns and deeply saddens me. My father has devoted his life to the fire service and the community. When I heard of this decision, my heart went out to him. My father has always taught me to stand up for what is right, be a man of character, and integrity. My father is a true leader, has always lead the guys under him to become better firefighters, and men than they were… Continue

Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on October 6, 2008 at 6:40pm — No Comments

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